Duck Bests in the 2000s
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eDuck Sports
Posted Jan 13, 2010

With the first decade of the 21st century over, it's time to take a look back at Oregon Track and Field and come up with some list of the best of the decade.

The best Duck 100-meter sprinter of the 2000s would have to be Samie Parker. He is one of two Ducks to have ever earned all-American awards over 60, 100 or 200 meters (Pat Johnson in the 100 and 200 meters in 1995). In 2002 Parker ran 6.66 seconds to finish fourth indoors and in 2003 he was third indoors (6.64 seconds).

Outdoors Parker was third in the Pac-10 meet, won the West Region meet and then finished fifth at the NCAA 100 in 10.41 seconds. Parker is ranked second on Oregon’s all-time list with his best of 10.18 seconds from 2003. His sprinting career would have probably seen better results if he wasn’t splitting time with football.

Top five of the ‘00s (top time, all-time (a-t) UO ranking, accomplishments, all-American awards, career)

1. Samie Parker 6.62 SR, 1018 #2 UO, three-time All-American, ’03 West Region champ, ’01-‘03
2. Richard Del Rincon 6.73 #2 UO, 10.34 #7 UO a-t, 2nd 2006 Pac-10 (hurt after) ’05-‘06
3. Phil Alexander 10.46 #10 UO, ’07-‘08
4. Jordan Kent 10.41 #8 UO, 5th ’05 P-10, ’03,’05,’06
5. Ashton Eaton 10.49, ’07-Present

Top athletes of other decades (including other NCAA champions if there are more than one)

‘90s Pat Johnson 10.26 #4 UO, 20.39 SR ’95-‘96
‘80s George Walcott 10.32 #6 UO, 20.64 #3 UO, ’83 P-10 200 champ,’82-‘83
‘70s Albert Hearvey 9.4 100yd #3 UO a-t, 4th 1970 NCAA, a-a (three time relay a-a), ’70-‘73
‘60s Harry Jerome 10.26 #4 UO a-t, 9.2 100yd UO SR, ’60 and ’64 (3rd) Olympian, ’64 NCAA champ, three-time all-American (five total), ’61 and ’62 set 100 yd world record, 61,62,64

In 2002 Jordan Kent came to Oregon after winning five Oregon high school state titles. He played basketball and worked himself into shape every track season. In 2003 he was the fastest Pac-10 freshman and that season (2003), he won the West Region 200 meter championship. He ended up helping four relays to all-American awards.

Top 200-meter runners of the ‘00s (top time, UO ranking all-time (a-t), indoor (i) best, accomplishments, years of career

1. Jordan Kent 20.82 (20.56w, ’06) #6 UO a-t, ’03 West Region champ, ’03 and ’06 NCAA comp two-time Pac-10 scorer, ’03,’05-’06
2. Phil Alexander 20.74 #4 UO a-t (21.46i #5 UO), ’08 NCAA comp, 3rd ’08 Pac-10, ’08 Olympic Trials competitor, ’07-‘08
3. Richard Del Rincon 20.86 #7 UO a-t (21.40i #3 UO), two-time Pac-10 scorer (3rd in ’06), and 2005 MPSF champion, ’05-‘06
4. Matthew Scherer 20.86 #7 UO a-t, 21.41i #4 UO a-t, 4th 2006 Pac-10, ’03-‘06 5. Kedar Inico 21.17 #11 UO a-t, 21.10i UO SR, 6th 2004 P-10, ’04-‘05

Top athletes of other decades (including other NCAA champions if there are more than one)

‘90s Pat Johnson 20.39 SR, ’95 NCAA a-a (2 total), ’95-‘96
‘80s George Walcott 20.64 #3 UO, ’83 P-10 200 champ,’82-‘83
‘70s Don Coleman 20.39 SR, ’79 3rd NCAA, ’78-79
‘60s Harry Jerome 20.7 220yd SR, 20.79 #5 UO a-t, ’62 220yd NCAA champ, 3rd in ’64, two-time a-a (5 total), 4th ’64 Olympics, ’61,’62, ‘64

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